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Mark Twain

April 21 is the 100 year anniversary of the death of Mark Twain (November 24, 1832 - April 21, 1910). A keen observer of human nature, Twain's stories portray America as it became a nation. An American humorist, lecturer, essayist, and author, several of Twain's books have been adapted for the screen including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, and a present-day version of The Prince and the Pauper.

Nancy Pearl's April Book Picks

If you want to read some of Nancy Pearl's April book picks, we have a couple here at the library:

The anthologist by Nicholson Baker

Collected poems by Donald Justice

Butterflies are Blooming

Spring has arrived and so have the butterflies! Visit the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit at the Tropical Conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids through April 30th. You can also check out the butterflies in our collection at the library.

Fiction with a Historical Twist

Like a good story? Travel back in time to read about young people from all times in history.

Catherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman — (1290) Karen Cushman has written several books set in medieval England.  This one is about a thirteen-year-old girl who is not quite ready to be married off.  She has several adventures and records her thoughts in her diary.

Girl in a cage by Jane Yolen & Robert J.

A World Without Ice

The Author’s Forum Presents
A World Without Ice: A Conversation with Henry Pollack & Richard Rood

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 5:30PM
Gallery/Room 100, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University, Ann Arbor

A World Without Ice is a book about ice and people — the role ice has played in the development of Earth’s landscape, climate, and human civilization, and the reciprocal impact of people on the planet’s ice. Today, U-M’s Henry Pollack and Richard Rood discuss why ice matters, the delicate geological balance between ice and climate, and the pending crisis of a world without ice.

CPL Teen Librarian Receives State Recognition

Teen Librarian Anna Slaughter (center) receives Pletz AwardAnna Slaughter, Teen Librarian at Canton Public Library, was recognized by the Michigan Library Association (MLA) with the Frances H. Pletz award, given to a Michigan Public Library worker who has made a significant contribution to teens through public library service.

No Tutoring This Week

The NHS tutors will not be here this week (they need a break, too).

However, they will resume their regular schedule starting Tuesday April 13th! If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
  • Monday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Tuesday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk

Re-bound

Re-boundRe-bound : creating handmade books from recycled and repurposed materials by Jeannine Stein
Ever needed a notebook or journal for a specific purpose but couldn't find one the right size? Or one that looked cool? This book shows how to bind your own from a variety of everyday materials, like a hot water bottle, bathroom rug, or potato chip bag. You could also use a record album cover, an old sweater, or even a couple of used-up gift cards.

Earth Week Mural Art Creation Day

Children, tweens and teens in grades kindergarten through 8th grade can take part in our Action for Earth project by creating artwork to be used in our custom Project S.N.A.P. mural celebrating our rivers and trails.
Program Date & Time: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 1:00-3:00PM

Computers @ Your Public Library

In a recent article by Donna Gordon Blankenship of the Associated Press, a third of Americans 14 and older — about 77 million people — use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives, according to a new study released Thursday, March 25. The study was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the University of Washington Information School. Study researchers were intrigued to find that people across all age and ethnic groups used library computers, said Michael Crandall, one of the principal authors of the study, from the University of Washington Information School.

Bleach the live action movie and...musical?!

Word on the street is that the hit manga Bleach may get made into a new, live action film for U.S. audiences. Bleach has been an anime, a manga, a trading card game, a video game, and even a musical. Yes, a musical. In fact, there have been at least 5 different Bleach musicals in Japan. Check out this article.

Photojojo!

Photojojo! : insanely great photo projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta with Kelly Jensen ; photography by Kelly Jensen

Besides featuring the cutest dog ever on the cover, this book is packed with ways to improve your photography skills, projects to make the most of your photos, and techniques for making the most of your camera. The projects and ideas range from beginner to more experienced photographer/crafter, so everyone should find something that appeals.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Hooray for Spring Break! I bet you all are excited to have a whole week off of school. I'm excited to see a lot of you here at the library! The librarians have planned lots of fun things for you!

When you're here, make sure you check out our book display kiosk by the Children's CDs. Each month a different librarian has been putting their favorite books on display. Now, I'm not a librarian, but this month they're letting me put out MY favorite books! Oh Boy! It's a little hard to pick favorites. I love books about bears, because I like books with protagonists that I can relate to. But I also LOVE the books you hear in storytime and read for book discussions (did you know I read all those books with you? I just can't participate in the book discussion because I don't talk!). Come and check out what books I chose! Literally! Take them home with you! Because then I get to choose more books. And tell me, what's your favorite book? Can't wait to hear from you!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Spring Break Fun!

Enjoy your spring break at the Canton Public Library.

Monday, April 5

  • 1:00-3:00PM All Ages Open Videogaming — Children, tweens and teens can unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day

Tuesday, April 6

  • 1:00-3:00PM Board Game Fun — Do you like to play chess? Would you like to test your skills with other YU GI OH fans? Do you want to create with Legos? We will have these games and more! Bring a friend and have some fun!

Twilight Fans Rejoice!

You didn't think it was really over, did you?! Stephenie Meyer is revisiting Forks with a new book called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. Bree Tanner, introduced in Eclipse, is a newborn vampire and part of the newborn army who tangle with the Cullins. Her story promises to be exciting, mysterious, and dangerous. This is certainly a must-read for Twilight Hardcores!

Crazy Lace

Crazy Lace: An Artistic Approach to Creative Lace Knitting by Myra Wood

Ever get the urge to pick up some needles and yarn and just go wild? This book encourages just that and offers some helpful hints for ending up with a product you enjoy as much as the process. From totally random to knitted objects with a little more structure and/or design, this is a great guide to free-form lace knitting. If you're looking for folks to knit with, drop in to the next Knit Night on April 12.

Animanga Moved from April 7 to April 12

Due to a last minute change the April Teen Animanga Club meeting is being moved from Wednesday, April 7 to Monday, April 12. Put the word out. Same great anime zaniness, different date. Next month it will resume being on Wednesdays (May 12th).

DC Comics... Calm, Cool, and Collected

Hey there comic fans! Check out the DC Comics website for all the latest and greatest information out there on all your favorite superheroes! Check out the latest issues, read the blogs, or catch up on what's new in DC-Land. While you're at it, be sure to check out our wide selection of graphic novels involving DC characters! We have all your favorite folks and maybe even some you love to loathe! Happy reading!

Coraline: A Visual Companion

Coraline: A Visual Companion Coraline: A Visual Companion by Stephen Jones

Coraline is a movie based on an excellent book by Neil Gaiman, and this visual companion offers a wealth of behind-the-scenes images and information about the making of the movie. The stop-motion technique used to create the movie's sets and characters is a painstaking, detail-oriented process which in this case took years before the movie was complete. This guide has interviews with creators, cast and crew, as well as many concept drawings and a jackpot of other neat information.

Don't Forget to Vote!

It's that time again! The Thumbs Up! ballot is here.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division of MLA to an author for an outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. "Teen" for the award's purpose is someone between 12-18 years of age. The book must appeal to this age group, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.